At Barefoot Lakes your days can start with walks along the neighborhood nature trails and end under the stars around a fire pit with your family. (Photo courtesy: Barefoot Lakes).

Barefoot Lakes offers residential options to fit your Colorado lifestyle.

What if your days started with walks along nature trails around your neighborhood lakes and ended under the stars around fire pits with your family? Imagine Saturday morning runs with friends, beginning in the neighborhood park and finishing with a coffee at the community center. Sundays spent lounging by the pool or fishing or kayaking in the lake under the bright Colorado sun.

If this sounds like dream living, your fantasy home might be closer to reality than you think. Barefoot Lakes, a master-planned community established in 2015, with homes starting in the mid $300s, offers “the quiet respite that Coloradans are seeking,” says Marni Shwartz, marketing manager of Brookfield Residential, the developer and a homebuilder of Barefoot Lakes. Located in the growing city of Firestone, Barefoot Lakes sits just east of I-25, offering easy access to Denver, Longmont, Loveland, and Fort Collins. Yet coming home means leaving the city behind and stepping into a peaceful neighborhood that offers something for everyone, particularly those with an affinity to water.

Barefoot Lakes features nearly 100 acres of lakes and a sense of serenity that, in our constantly connected lives, is often hard to find. According to marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, that serenity is based on more than just a feeling – there’s also science behind it. In his book “Blue Mind,” Nichols combines the latest neuroscience and personal stories to show how proximity to water can actually improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

Barefoot Lakes offers single and two-story homes designed for residents of all ages—and so much more. The community was designed to make it easy and fun to stay active, no matter what activities you prefer. Amenities include lakeside trails that extend throughout the rest of the community, The Cove amenity center with a pool, a fitness center featuring state-of-the-art equipment, as well as flex space for yoga and pilates.

There’s also plenty of room to play in the open air—for both grownups and kids. The 12-acre Peninsula Park features multiple open lawn spaces in addition to a kids’ adventure playground. Open now, residents and community members alike are able to take advantage of lake access through the third-party watercraft activity supplier, Colorado SUP Sports. Colorado SUP Sports offers paddleboard and kayak rentals.

The builders at Barefoot Lakes are carefully chosen partners that embody the values of the community: convenience, beauty and an appreciation for the nature that surrounds homes here. Barefoot Lakes offers home portfolios from five different builders, which means more choices for the homebuyer and plenty of options for customizing your home to your personal lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a luxury home for a big family, or a lower-maintenance home for the epitome of convenience, you’ll find exactly what you need at Barefoot Lakes.

Richmond American Homes
Richmond American Homes brings its more than 40 years of homebuilding experience to the Barefoot Lakes neighborhood with five different home designs perfect for Colorado couples and families. Starting in the low $400s at 2,168 square feet, all five plans include a three car garage and at least three bedrooms, with the option for up to six. The layouts are perfect for entertaining, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space on each level. The ranch-style Alcott plan offers wide hallways and easy access for visiting grandparents. The two-story Yorktown plan, at 2,900 square feet, lends itself to visitors and parties, with a spacious dining room and great room as well as a finished basement.

Lennar’s Pioneer Collection at Barefoot Lakes offers distinctive, modern details and spacious, open-concept living areas. Featuring 3 and 4 bedrooms and starting at 1,884 square feet, each of the four layouts – Pike, Chelton, Elbert and Evans – features Lennar’s Everything’s Included® program, which outfits the new homes with designer upgrades. This means your Pioneer Collection home will include energy-efficient fixtures, stainless steel appliances and smart home perks like a video doorbell—well worth the starting price in the mid $400s.

KB Home
KB Home offers three ranch plans and five two-story plans at Barefoot Lakes, with numerous options for customization. Homebuyers can specify details about their lot, floor plan, exterior finishes and interior design. The option to finish the basement or transform spare space into a bedroom means there is plenty of flexibility with the arrangement of your KB Home. Starting in the low $300s, this affordable, diversified portfolio is perfect for every homeowner.

CreekStone Homes
A woman-owned builder, CreekStone Homes offers six innovative floorplans at Barefoot Lakes. Starting in the low $500s, these innovative homes live at the intersection of luxury and function. The “wow” factor is central to CreekStone Homes, and their names reflect that: from the 2,455-square-foot “Oh Me, Oh My” plan, to the 2,853-square-foot “Center of Attention” plan, each with up to 4 beds.

Brookfield Residential
A multi-faceted builder, Brookfield Residential offers three different portfolios at Barefoot Lakes: Harvest, Ovation and Villa. The Harvest portfolio takes nature-centric living to a new level, with expansive windows that imbue your home with natural light, and large porches that encourage star-gazing and lounging in the sun. Five plans, starting in the mid $500s at 2,500 square feet, offer every layout design you might need, with the option for two to six bedrooms.

The Ovation Portfolio at Barefoot Lakes is the perfect choice for the sophisticated homebuyer. Zero-entry showers and other simple-but-functional features create the ultimate environment for low maintenance living. Starting in the low $400s.

Brookfield Residential’s Villa portfolio offers three duplex floorplans designed for the low-maintenance lifestyle. With Brookfield, low-maintenance doesn’t mean lacking in any way—the Villa designs have porches, patios and the option for a finished basement that offers room for out-of-town guests. The Villa Portfolio gives you space, function and beauty, all in a perfect duplex package starting in the high $300s.

Whatever you choose, it’s hard to go wrong at Barefoot Lakes.

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By Emma Castleberry, At Home Colorado

Colorado SUP Sports offers paddleboard and kayak rentals. (Photo courtesy: Barefoot Lakes).